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School of Medicine
Academic Bulletin

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School of Medicine Curricula

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Graduate Programs

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The Indiana University School of Medicine maintains a continuing study of its educational programs involving students, faculty committees, and alumni of the school. Appropriate committees propose revisions of the curriculum; changes, once approved by the faculty and the dean, are implemented.

General Information

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The major objectives of the curriculum are summarized as follows:

  1. Concentration on "core material," both in the preclinical (basic science) and clinical years.
  2. Early introduction of the student, as a functioning part of the medical team, to the patient, through an intensive and multi-departmental "introduction to medicine."
  3. Mastery of nine areas of competence necessary to function as a physician. The nine areas of competence are: (1) effective communication; (2) basic clinical skills; (3) using science to guide diagnosis, management, therapeutics, and prevention; (4) lifelong learning; (5) self-awareness, self-care, and personal growth; (6) the social and community contexts of health care; (7) moral reasoning and ethical judgment; (8) problem solving; and (9) professionalism and role recognition.
  4. Encouragement and guidance for students through strong faculty advising and mentoring programs.
  5. Extensive elective experiences during the last year of the four-year curriculum, including an opportunity to restudy special areas of both the basic and clinical sciences. One of the major goals of the elective program is to promote self-directed and lifelong learning.
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The curriculum is undergoing review and is subject to change during 2003-2005.

(Subject to revision)

First Year
Concepts of Health and Disease
Cell and Molecular Biology
Evidence-based Medicine
Gross Anatomy
Introduction to Medicine I: Patient-Doctor Relationship

Second Year
General Pathology
Medical Genetics
Systemic Pathology
Introduction to Medicine II: History Taking and Physical Diagnosis
Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology

Third Year
Surgical Subspecialties
Family Medicine

Fourth Year
Internal Medicine Sub-Internship
Emergency Medicine

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General Information

The curriculum schedule is included to illustrate the discipline areas for each year. The schedule of courses for the first and second years at each of the Centers for Medical Education is similar, though not necessarily identical. This arrangement, while retaining much of a typical schedule and with some integration across disciplines in the basic medical sciences, promotes interdisciplinary teaching in the second year. It introduces clerkships in the third year and a fourth year of "core" clerkships and electives. Extensive and varied elective opportunities are available in approved programs on the Medical Center campus, throughout Indiana, and elsewhere.

At Indiana University, challenging opportunities geared to varied backgrounds, experience, and demonstrated abilities are provided for each student. Most departments offer honors programs in which superior students are presented with the option of independent study and supervised individual experience. Extensive use is made of seminars, project laboratories, small-group discussions, and guest speakers. Correlation conferences and clinical seminars continually assist the student in evaluating and integrating his or her education.

The School of Medicine, in cooperation with other institutions of higher learning, has expanded educational opportunities for first- and second-year students on several campuses throughout Indiana. Historically, first-year medical students could begin their course work on either the Indianapolis or the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. Pilot programs for first-year medical students were begun in 1968 with Purdue University at West Lafayette and with the University of Notre Dame at South Bend. A third jointly sponsored medical education program was inaugurated with Ball State University at Muncie in 1970. By 1971 there were first-year students matriculating at Indianapolis, Bloomington, the Lafayette Center for Medical Education at Purdue University, the South Bend Center for Medical Education at the University of Notre Dame, the Muncie Center for Medical Education at Ball State University, and the Terre Haute Center for Medical Education at Indiana State University. In 1972 pilot programs for entering medical students were begun at the Northwest Center for Medical Education in Gary and the Evansville Center for Medical Education in Evansville. The Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education at IPFW was assigned first-year students in 1981. Second-year programs were initiated at all of the centers, except Fort Wayne, in 1980. Funding for second-year students at the Fort Wayne campus began in fall 1990.

Now, students enter medical school courses of instruction on nine campuses at nine Indiana locations. All students are selected by the Admissions Committee of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the School of Medicine retains administrative responsibility for all of the academic programs. Each student has the opportunity to state a campus preference, but when programs are oversubscribed, students may be assigned to an opening at any one of the campuses.

During the clinical years, an outstanding opportunity is available. Through use of the full calendar year, students are completely integrated into the medical care program of the hospitals. The clinical clerk is a full member of a medical team, serving with increasing responsibility in all aspects of the patient's care. Night and weekend calls are served on essentially the same schedule as that of the house staff, thus assuring the student a complete experience. The varied clinical loads of the hospitals participating in clerkship training provide a full gamut of experience from routine outpatient care through emergency service, general hospital ward work, and specialized services in all medical fields. The faculty, representing both devoted volunteer physicians in private practice and full-time clinicians and investigators, provides a depth of background and a wide spectrum of medical interests. Elective courses in both basic science and clinical departments further widen the experiences of all students. The program offers additional opportunities for preceptorships with practicing physicians, as well as teaching fellowships and the possibility of foreign study.

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Graduate Programs

Basic Medical Sciences Programs
Combined Degree Programs
Master of Science in Medical Science Program
Student Research

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Basic Medical Sciences Programs

The Indiana University School of Medicine faculty, in collaboration with the University Graduate School, offers students an opportunity to pursue an M.S. or Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, medical and molecular genetics, medical neurobiology, microbiology and immunology, pathology and laboratory medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, cellular and integrative physiology and medical biophysics (Indianapolis). The Medical Science program (Bloomington) has programs in anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. Entry into the graduate program in basic medical sciences requires approval of the individual program or department, the Graduate Division of the School of Medicine, and the University Graduate School. The requirements for the M.S. or Ph.D. degree are detailed in the Indiana University Graduate School Bulletin. Course offerings of the graduate programs in basic medical sciences are listed in this bulletin.

For additional information, contact:
Graduate Division
Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Science Building 207
635 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120
Telephone: (317) 274-3441
E-mail: grad@iupui.edu

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Combined Degree Programs

The School of Medicine and the University Graduate School offer selected students an opportunity to pursue the Ph.D., M.B.A., or M.P.H. degrees, concurrently or sequentially, with a coordinated and flexible program leading also to the M.D. degree. The basic medical sciences programs at Indianapolis and Bloomington are available in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, medical biophysics, medical and molecular genetics, medical neurobiology, microbiology and immunology, pathology and laboratory medicine, pharmacology, cellular and integrative physiology, and toxicology. At Bloomington, the combined degree is also available in the humanities and social studies. The combined degree programs are also available through the graduate schools of Purdue University and Notre Dame University. The combined degree program is designed to meet the student's particular objectives and needs and is planned by the student and an advisory committee of faculty representing the School of Medicine and the respective graduate school department or program.

Entry into a combined degree program requires approval of both the School of Medicine and the University Graduate School.

The Indiana University School of Medicine has established an Indiana Medical Scientist Training Program for fellowship and tuition support of students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program at Indianapolis. A faculty committee nominates students for the program based on commitment to a career as a physician scientist, research experience, undergraduate grade point average, and MCAT scores. Information can be obtained from the Graduate Division of the School of Medicine.

Completion of the program entails meeting all requirements for both degrees. Many nonclinical courses of the curriculum of the School of Medicine satisfy course requirements for both degrees, and credit given for graduate study may fulfill some of the School of Medicine requirements. The combined degrees may thus be acquired in less time than would be required if both were taken separately.

A minimum of 90 credit hours of graduate study is required for the combined Ph.D./M.D. degree. A maximum of 30 credit hours of School of Medicine courses may count toward the Ph.D. degree.

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Master of Science in Medical Science Program

The Master of Science in Medical Science (M.S.M.S.) Program at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) offers a unique opportunity in medical education to medical school applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented minority (URM) groups.

Students aspiring to careers in medicine sometimes require additional skill building experience and an enhanced knowledge of learning strategies. While some disadvantaged or URM students who are not admitted to the IUSM on their first attempt may be invited to enroll in the M.S.M.S. program, others seeking direct admission may also be invited to participate in the program.

The M.S.M.S. program is a two-year curriculum that includes 35 credit hours of course work at the graduate level. This unique academic experience includes lectures, problem-based learning, and research. A Master of Science degree is earned upon completion of the program with a 3.0 GPA or above. Students may reapply to medical school during each year of the program. Those admitted after one year in the program may transfer credits from basic science medical school courses in which a B grade or above was achieved to complete M.S.M.S. requirements.

For additional information concerning the program, please contact:
William Agbor-Baiyee, Ph.D., Director
Master of Science in Medical Science Program
IU School of Medicine
635 Barnhill Drive, MS 207
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120
Telephone: (317) 278-1724
Fax: (317) 278-5211
E-mail: wabaiyee@iupui.edu

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Student Research

The broad range of interdisciplinary faculty research programs in clinical and basic medical science fields provides outstanding opportunities for student participation in research. Direct fellowship support for the student is available through the Student Research Program in Academic Medicine Committee. In addition, many students participate in faculty projects as research assistants.

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